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U-KISS – LINK May 13, 2018

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 4:50 pm

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Track Listing

  1. No Regret
  2. Compass
  3. FLY
  4. Beginning
  5. Prologue
  6. I’ll be there
  7. STORY feat. Jun
  8. WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun
  9. YOURS
  10. Anniversary
  11. Rain
  12. Only Ever Yours
  13. Try Everything (bonus track)

1. No Regret

Opening the album, we get this cool jungle beat for No Regret.  There’s just something about the song that’s mysterious and cool about it.  Doesn’t help that that this is only one of two songs that only feature the quartet due to Soohyun being in military leave.  It is really interesting to hear Kiseop get featured so heavily alongside Hoon here, hell I’m proud he got the first lines!.  Though of course Eli & Jun get a lot of lines as well.  It’s a pretty unique dance track (as is most of the time with U-KISS’ more upbeat track).  I quite liked it and promoted the album well.

2. Compass

The other new track of the album, Compass seems to follow trends in K-pop by having a little bit of a tropical house kind of groove behind it.  It’s a bit mellow though and it seems the rappers have a little more appearance.  Though they are interjected with Hoon & Kiseop’s more melodic lines.  It’s a safe album song so it’s not bad, but compared to “No Regret” this is the lesser liked track.

3. FLY

I’m pretty much disappointed that at this point the rest of the album are older songs that all were released prior to the album, luckily I haven’t heard most of these songs but seeing as they’re right down the tracklist from their singles, it’s just a little lazy from avex’s part to not have at least shuffled them a bit.  Onto FLY, this was the lone single to release for it and the last of Soohyun with the group before his enlistment.  It’s nice to see the 3 singers get a lot of push here with the rappers as support.  I thought it’d be a softer track, but that chorus is explosive and hits you hard.  It’s a really powerful track and one of my favorite A-sides from the group.

4. Beginning

Seeing as we’re going by tracklisting from the singles, it’s like reviewing the single all over again essentially.  Considering it hasn’t been too long since I reviewed this, the song more or less has the same thoughts I had from the single.  I like they went for a little more edge by adding electric guitar to the mix giving it a rockin’ vibe.  There’s also a lot of Soohyun here which is nice too!  Aggressive and cool, it’s still one of the more decent B-sides they’ve had in quite a long time.

5. Prologue

It still baffles me why they have two songs back to back that kind of mean the same on the same single lol.  Though unlike the aggressive nature of “Beginning”, Prologue is a much lighter affair taking more from their poppier side like the songs from “Action”.  I kind of like the 90s vibe I get out of this song and even though it’s not my kind of song being cutesy and whatnot…it’s not cringey and the vocals are pretty so I’d say they did a good job here!

6. I’ll be there

The next four tracks are solos from Soohyun, the first 3 from his solo single he released back in July of 2017.  I actually am not surprise Soohyun is more of a ballad singer after his previous singles.  Sad to say, but the song didn’t leave much of an impression on me despite his silky vocals filling the tune out.  Just was a sleeper song.

7. STORY feat. Jun

Which felt weird moving to the B-sides from the single which featured Jun.  STORY unlike “I’ll be there” is more acoustic but somehow retains that light, poppy nature about it which means I’m still not buying into it very much.  Jun surprised me because he’s actually singing the song instead of rapping…who knew he had a decent singing voice (does this mean Jun might be pushed as a singer?).  Still, the song is just as whitewashed as “I’ll be there” sadly.

8. WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun

At least there was some hope for the 2nd B-side from his single with WILD&TOUGH which has a faster tempo and pulsing beat.  You can still hear the poppy blemishes in the arrangement, but this already beats out both the previous songs.  I will say the dubstep breakdown in the afterchorus is bizarre and doesn’t suit the song much, but I still think it’s a decent track!

9. YOURS

Released as a digital single in December (prior to him leaving for military) YOURS is more or less an upbeat ballad and it sounds a LOT like “I’ll be there” which already put me off from the song.  I guess it has a bit more oomph behind the arrangement, but I already feel tired from the song and it just doesn’t work for me.

10. Anniversary

The next two tracks are solos from Hoon (his single that was released back in January).  I really don’t know why the Soohyun & Hoon want to do these lowbrow ballad tracks (a total departure from their songs while in U-KISS).  Don’t get me wrong, Hoon has an amazing voice, but I don’t know about these songs…they just aren’t memorable outside of the notice that yes, Hoon can do ballads lol.

11. Rain

Which is made worse by the B-side, Rain.  Unlike the piano ballad of the previous, this one features acoustic guitar making it a much harder listen for me to keep attention.  The tune while feels a little more fresh than the purely boring, “Anniversary”, it just doesn’t stand out to me sadly.

12. Only Ever Yours

Released digitally back in July of 2017, this was meant to be the song to send off Kevin as he was graduating from the group.  Though as the album’s closer, it was nice to include this kind officially say goodbye to Kevin and his 8 years of being in U-KISS.  That said, outside of the meaning of the song it’s your usual piano/strings ballad here and it is the ONLY song to feature Kevin so I guess that’s a thing too.  Appropriate way to conclude the album, but on its own, it kind of doesn’t grab me.

13. Try Everything

As a bonus track to the album, I guess they had to throw this song in.  Found on a Disney tribute album, this Shakira cover from Zootopia has somehow ended up in U-KISS’ hands.  I wasn’t sure what to think because I knew it was going to be peppy and upbeat and odd on this album (especially after “Only Ever Yours”).  It’s kind of basic it feels like and it could’ve used Kevin’s voice here because the Engrish is thick here as well.  It’s awkward and yeah…odd for a bonus track IMO.

Tracks Recommended

  • FLY
  • No Regret
  • Beginning
  • WILD&TOUGH feat. Jun
  • Prologue

Song of Avoidance

  • YOURS

Maybe it’s me but this album screamed straight up lazy this time around.  I mean all but two tracks were released prior to the album (even then most of that was from solo releases) just made this album feel super lazy.  I mean I guess you kind of had to especially with one member that left (Kevin) and another on military leave (Soohyun) I guess you had to use what you got.  The new songs were decent and the FLY single itself was good…but past that all but one were just hard to listen to because of boredom and cheesiness.  Yeah this was a bad mistake, but maybe this’ll give U-KISS a break (though they could continue as a quartet as shown by the new tracks here).

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U-KISS – FLY March 4, 2018

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:07 am

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Track Listing

  1. FLY
  2. Beginning
  3. Prologue

1. FLY

As the A-side, FLY starts off somber and slow with Hoon and Kiseop and of course both manage to pretty much stick out vocally for its beginning which is always nice especially for the latter.  The song sounds pretty light, but it does change when Soohyun leads into the chorus which reminds a lot of what K-pop is going through in recent times, but a solid track with some good vocals.  Actually it’s a surprise to hear a lot of Kiseop but its much needed but there’s a reason for that…

2. Beginning

As the first B-side, Beginning starts off differently from previous efforts with an arrangement that’s a little more rockin’ than usual with guitars and drums with some fun synths.  It’s also nice that Jun/Eli sound good in their parts, but the song gets even better with its chorus which keeps the grittiness of the arrangement but added a nice melody to back it up.  It’s a cool song and really does sound good for a B-side.

3. Prologue

A synonym?  Yeah, I thought it was odd that there were two songs that similarly meant the same thing.  Prologue though is different by tapping into a more cute and upbeat kind of song and while I thought the verses were great (especially that Kiseop love here), the chorus is just way too cheesy just like it was back in “Shining Stars” in their last album.  At least this one has a bit more going for it so I’m not totally disliking it.

 

 

As the lone single before their next album, “LINK” drops, I was curious to see where U-KISS would do after their main singer of two, Kevin, left the group.  With FLY, it’s decent overall.  I think FLY is trying to make strides in what’s popular in Korea (and to be honest the song does remind of Seventeen’s recent track “Thanks”, though FLY came first so….).  Beginning and Prologue were good songs despite being B-sides and it seems they’ll be on the album too.  I think with Hoon, Soohyun, and Kiseop being the vocalists and Jun/Eli as their rappers…it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of them after this (I’m sure all but Jun are getting close to having to do military enlistments and whatnot).  Still, makes me curious about this album coming up!

 

U-KISS – PaNiC! May 2, 2017

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:00 am

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Track Listing

  1. PaNiC!
  2. Flying Around The World
  3. U-KISS 2016 One More Shot Mix (Physical only)
  4. PaNiC! (Instrumental)
  5. Flying Around The World (Instrumental)

1. PaNiC!

As the leading track, PaNiC! is quite a track that I was hoping to see more from and they delivered!  The track itself goes back to the group’s earlier efforts with its heavier dance style like in “Bingeul Bingeul” & “Tick Tack”.  The beat is just heavy and in your face and the group while focused on Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon, the rest of the group manage to pop out left and right to gave a cool performance.  Pretty awesome A-side!

2. Flying Around The World

Though I wasn’t expecting the B-side to be more EDM in its arrangement, but the song itself is a lot more brighter and poppy in comparison.  While it does feel a smidge cheesy and much, the track is catchy too and hearing Kevin & Soohyun is quite nice even if this is repetitive like mad.  Interesting B-side, kind of surprised it won’t make an album…

3. U-KISS 2016 One More Shot Mix

Found only on physical editions of the single, this Mix is actually more like an album digest of “One Shot One Kill”…a 10-minute digest at that.  Though at the same time, none of the tracks sound like their actual album counterparts so there’s that.  It’s just there for some reason and not sure why since the actual album was before this single soooo…why???

 

 

Ending their 2016 and releasing a single before their best-of drops, we have PaNiC! and it’s probably their best single since at least their 2nd Japanese album.  I felt like PaNiC! brought back much needed excitement for the group and Flying Around The World while a bit hammy at times is a nice opposite to the A-side.  Granted, as this single is a promotional single for the best album, it’s curious to see what happens…

Although, figures that in 2017, we get news that Kevin has left the group, so this is his last single with the group…makes me wonder how the group dynamic will shift (maybe Keseop will get some time FINALLY).

 

U-KISS – One Shot One Kill January 20, 2017

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 6:19 am

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Track Listing

  1. Opening ~in-mono~
  2. CRY BABY
  3. One Shot One Kill
  4. Rock Me
  5. Super Special Lady
  6. Kissing to feel
  7. Interlude ~plug in-plug out~
  8. DON’T BREAK US DOWN
  9. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~
  10. Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)
  11. Shining Stars
  12. Illusion
  13. Stay Gold
  14. Ending ~in stereo~

1. Opening ~in-mono~

What a dark and mysterious way to open up an album with repeated descending harp chords and then a march rhythm jumps in with who I think is Jun that takes up the introduction before Eli joins alongside some dance beats and a heavier sound.  After them, Kevin joins in with the melodic part of the track and it just feels like it rising to some climax, but really it kind of just ends.  A 2 minute track, but I KNOW it could’ve been its own full song.

2. CRY BABY

At least the feeling continues into our first new track on the album.  While it doesn’t have a dark atmosphere as the intro, the song itself has a cool dance style that is something U-KISS always seems to excel at and I appreciate the track being as straight to the point as it is.  I really like hearing the main singers (Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon) just mixing things up and sounding as good as they normally do.  Even Keseop finds himself with some decent lines too!  Even the bridge features some aggressive rapping from both Jun and Eli and that turned out pretty well.  Great way to kick things off!

3. One Shot One Kill

Chosen to promote the album with a PV and such, the title track of the album changes things up a bit being changing from being a full-on K-pop inspired track into something a little funkier and cooler for the group.  I really LOVE the verses where the bass takes center stage behind Kevin & Soohyun and the song just has a fun and sleek vibe that really pulled me in!  Definitely a great choice to promote this album!

4. Rock Me

As the B-side from “Stay Gold”, I was happy to at least the B-side make it (especially seeing “Shining Stars” making it too but we’ll get to that later.  Rock Me is a bit more aggressive in nature due to its more rock-centric arrangement and just punchy beats.  I do like some of the parts like the pre-chorus where the sound lightens up and then once again Eli & Jun seem to REALLY click with one another when they rap one after the other.  It’s just a very powerful song for the group and sticks out amongst the best of the album.

5. Super Special Lady

I was expecting this song to be a ballad due to the kind of cheesiness one brings with such a title.  However, it’s a bit like the last couple tracks, having a dance beat and fun atmosphere akin to “One Shot One Kill”.  I do have to say though, while I did love the vocals here a bit more, the song itself doesn’t really stick to me.  Not bad for a track, but it could’ve been better IMO.

6. Kissing to feel

As the 2nd single released prior to the album’s release, Kissing to feel was THE song that I was missing from the group and I’m happy they prioritized this as a leading track because it’s just edgy and badass almost feeling like the group hitting their stride like they did in “Tick Tack” and “ALONE”.  There’s just something powerful about that chorus that pulled me in so quickly.  Great song overall!

7. Interlude ~plug in-plug out~

A 2 minute interlude comes next and it begins like the intro with the foreboding strings and synth mixture, but it grows into something a little more funkier that sounds like it could’ve been placed before “Stay Gold” if anything.  The jazzy mix and Kevin’s dialogue is interesting, but this does go on or a little too long going into a fade out of the instrumentation towards the end (a long one at that).

8. DON’T BREAK US DOWN

Ah, so while the interlude didn’t really help move onto our next track, I like that DON’T BREAK US DOWN brings the group back to its R&B roots.  Actually, I was surprised I’m hearing a LOT of Kevin in this song (actually I think this is a solo…oh wait Jun is rapping in one section).  I think this song is unique especially for its arrangement and styling and I kind of dug it for the most part!

9. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~

Despite that we had a preview (or well a live version of it) back on the “Kissing to feel” single, we have our studio cut of this ballad!  As this is pretty much your vanilla K-pop-esque ballad here, I was happy to see Hoon up in the front and taking the lines here.  Actually I think it’s a solo for him which we’ve seen before.  I do like the guitar solo during the bridge, but beyond that it’s pretty plain.

10. Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)

What I didn’t know was that originally this was Soohyun’s debut A-side that was brought in for this album, apparantly filling it up with some new things.  The opening has a very serene and slightly Disney-like feel.  Actually compared to the original single cut, this was definitely changed for the better as Soohyun’s voice is just pretty to hear in such a setting.  Funny enough, it made “HEART STRINGS” sound like generic trash in comparison.  Definitely the preferred ballad of the album.

11. Shining Stars

Ugh, why did they have to bring this B-side to the album?  I mean it was most of the reason the whole of the “Kissing to feel” single was just in the middle.  Now we have to hear it after “Kimi Dake wo” with is sheer grandness.  Just like I said above, that song is also making this track feel generic and one-dimensional.  It’s like a leftover from “A Shared Dream” and those slower songs also felt a lot bland.  Maybe not the worst song in their discography but definitely one of the most forgettable.

12. Illusion

The last of the new tracks, Illusion continues with the slow jam R&B tracks, but unlike “Shining Stars”, it actually feels more like it follows “DON’T BREAK US DOWN” but without the acoustic or super laidback vibe.  I will say of the new songs, this one kind of felt weak and passes over me.  Didn’t help that Jun’s rap section felt so lifeless too.  Yeah, kind of blah too.

13. Stay Gold

I find it strange they decided to wake up listeners with Stay Gold at the end of the album.  After listening to it more, I’m kind of surprised at how poppy and boyband it comes off.  Luckily since I had time with this and “Action” drifted off and I was able to focus on this only and I still find it slightly uncharacteristic for the group AND its place on the album.

14. Ending ~in-stereo~

So the outro to the album is 3 minutes?  A good length to a full track?  I think its Eli that starts with a monologue (with good pronunciation, might I add) and then he starts to lightly rap to an rolling beat before Kevin sings some lines too a much brighter arrangement.  It could have been a full track and I would’ve been OK with this length…actually it might as well just be a track and not an outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kissing to feel
  • CRY BABY
  • Kimi Dake wo (ALBUM version)
  • One Shot One Kill
  • Rock Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Shining Stars

With the group’s hectic schedule of recent (releasing an album a year, only days apart from one another ie: “Memories”, “Action” and now this), I was worried that their rushing for this album would end up poorly and in some ways it sort of did.  The first half, Kimi Dake wo, and DON’T BREAK US DOWN were great songs and showed that spark that got me into U-KISS when they debuted.  The rest of the album though kind of felt flat and I’ve never really thought of the group as good balladeers (especially with who produces them most of the time) and the ballads, minus Soohyun’s were generic as hell and Stay Gold had nowhere to fit BUT the end…Either way, now that we officially know that AJ is gone from the group, I think the 6-nin group is pretty good and gel well with one another.

 

U-KISS – Kissing to feel May 26, 2016

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:26 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kissing to feel
  2. Shining Stars
  3. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~ (LIVE version) (CD only)
  4. Kissing to feel (Instrumental)
  5. Shining Stars (Instrumental)

1. Kissing to feel

It feels like it’s been forever since U-KISS released a strong upbeat A-side and Kissing to feel is giving me all the feels.  I mean the song is typically so with Soohyun, Kevin, and Hoon at the leads, but I feel like the other 3 members do make their appearance in the track.  Actually I have to say this song is one of their bests in quite a long while, with it’s strong dance beat and powerful vocals.  Yeah, quite nice to see them return to form!

2. Shining Stars

Though, I suppose we needed to counteract the awesome song with an amazingly cheesy song.  It screams bad boyband of the 90s ballads with the contrived beats and twinkles and such.  Even Eli and Jun couldn’t exactly save the song with light rapping.  I mean it’s not really in the same kind of levels as their older ballads have been, where’s the stuff they were pulling back in Korea?  This was just not my cup of tea.

3. HEART STRINGS ~Ienai Kotoba~ (LIVE version)

Strange that the single’s exclusive track is for a song that hasn’t appeared in their discography yet, but here we are with HEART STRINGS and honestly, it slightly shakes off that bitter taste I had with “Shining Stars”.  Hearing the 6 live is always a treat as they bring it in their performances and they didn’t disappoint with this live.  The song (which is going to be on their upcoming album) is like their older tunes and has a lot of Hoon (actually it’s only Hoon).  Huh, well at least he’s a great singer for the group and shows it off here in this live take!

 

 

Being the 2nd and final single before their “One Shot One Kill” album drops, Kissing to feel is an interesting single to say the least.  It’s been a while since an A-side a WOW-ed me and Kissing to feel is such a cool and aggressive song that I’ve been missing from them for quite a while.  Though its B-side, Shining Stars is just bad and cheesy and just not right for the group, they’ve done so much better than this song.  As for the Hoon solo, nice song, but we all know Hoon is amazing, give Keseop or Jun something to work with.  I will say that I’m looking forward to the album!

 

U-KISS – Stay Gold September 17, 2015

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 5:45 am

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Track Listing

  1. Stay Gold
  2. Rock Me
  3. Action (Live version) (Regular only)
  4. Stay Gold (Instrumental)
  5. Rock Me (Instrumental)

1. Stay Gold

Not sure what I was getting into with Stay Gold, but why do I get reminded of Stephanie’s “Winter Gold”?  Yah, the song has this very happy-go-lucky sound (almost wintry feel ironically).  It’s kind of cheesy though and while the vocals are decent as always, I think the kind of shiny, brightness this song has kind of turned me away, plus we’ve just had a song that was a bit similar, “Action”.  Not that great sadly.

2. Rock Me

At least the B-side makes up for a rather disappointing A-side.  I’m loving the angrier sound this has and lets Jun and Eli have a stronger punch in the group.  Plus we brought back the cool vocals from the remaining 4 members which is always something draws me back to the group.  Very cool song overall and REALLY sad it wasn’t the main track of the single!

3. Action (Live version)

Kind of sucks that Action also appears here but a live version found on regular onlys (typical).  Of course not much can be said about the group’s performance that I haven’t said before on previous live performances of their songs but I do still enjoy this song a lot and a live setting really suited everyone here!

As they begin a new era in Japan, U-KISS aren’t really slowing down on their releases and sadly Stay Gold is probably my least favorite of recent times.  The song feels rather uncharacteristic for the group (though it seems they’ve been going through an odd transitional period between Japan and Korea with recent releases.  Rock Me though is pretty badass and sticks out a lot more than I expected.  Also, Action is good live too!  Overall, it’s an OK single, but I kind of expect more on the next one.

 

U-KISS – Action July 6, 2015

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 6:30 am

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Track Listing

  1. Black hole ~Intro~
  2. FEEL IT
  3. LOVE ON U
  4. Action
  5. Sweetie
  6. If…
  7. Brave
  8. JACKPOT
  9. Head Up High
  10. One Call Away
  11. Mou Ichido
  12. You are the reason ~Ending~
  13. U-KISS 2015 Associate Mix (CD only bonus track)

1. Black hole ~Intro~

The album opens up with a lengthy 2 minute introduction, but I feel like it would’ve been amazing if it was a full song because it’s very uptempo and has a good sense of rhythm.  Seems like the rappers do take the front at least which is pretty awesome since we’re still getting accustomed to Jun.  It’s a nice start to the album, just wish it was a full track hahaha.

2. FEEL IT

Which leads to the B-side from “LOVE ON U” and I’m OK with that because I definitely was in love with the song more than the A-side!  From the darker atmosphere and smokier vocals from Hoon, Kevin, and Soohyun really held the song on a pretty high line and loved every moment.  Even when Jun and Eli join in, their rapping sections just added that more spice to make things cooler!  Great track to kick things off!

3. LOVE ON U

Which leads into said A-side that begun the album era, LOVE ON U was also the Japanese debut for Jun and ironically he opens up the tune!  Though that’s really all we hear from him as the usual suspects makes their presence known and Eli takes up the rapping section.  Unlike the EDM in “FEEL IT”, LOVE ON U is a bit more sultry and tackles more of their R&B side of their music.  It’s not a bad song though, pretty ok middle song.

4. Action

As the leading promotional song, Action was a lot brighter than I had hoped it would turn out.  Notice the album cover and imagine it with a breezy upbeat light song and you have Action.  Honestly, I felt like I was listening to a OST song from them hahaha!  It has been a while since U-KISS did a happy-go-lucky song such as this so it was a nice change of pace, but I don’t feel like it was the best of choices?  I do like the even line distribution and all and Keseop~.  It’s cute though I’ll give it that.

5. Sweetie

Then we move to the other single released for the era with Sweetie and it was the ballad A-side.  Sounds like they worked and slowed things from “Action” quite nicely.  As a Christmas song, Sweetie is ok, but not really all that memorable in their strings of ballads, but the harmonizations and emotions behind Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon’s voice is pretty stellar, even I admit!

6. If…

Moving onto its B-side, If… had such potential in the beginning with the synth melody and very soundscapey-background sounds, but then it doesn’t really head anywhere besides having such nice harmonizations like in “Sweetie”, also Jun’s rap is somewhat deadpan here haha.  It’s trying to be a strings-based dance track, but I feel like it lacks in places throughout.

7. Brave

Back onto new songs, Brave seems to be a little more like a mix between “If…” and “Action”.  Though, the kind of 90’s pop sound that I got from this song really stood out to me.  Once again, the 3 main singers really stood out to me in this song as it really opened up the song to really showcase their vocals.  Of course, Keseop gets a nice line too which is surprise and I’m trying to focus where Eli and Jun lie here as they kind of sat back for this one.  I definitely think it’s a much better ballad than “Sweetie” was!

8. JACKPOT

Oh those trap hi-hats huh?  I’m surprised as it started off kind of synthy but quickly moves into this heavier guitar-laced arrangement on top of Eli’s rapping.  It does seem really weird coming after “Brave” but this song sounds pretty edgy and has a certain vibe to it that I enjoy about it.  I could also hear a certain idea of what it could be without the brazen guitars, but honestly this song is pretty cool, but coming after the previous track, it’s just a little strange.

9. Head Up High

So the next two songs are bolded pretty much because they were sold together as a tour single so it kind of counts, right?  Another upbeat synth track, Head Up High was something I was hoping U-KISS would release as they haven’t had a cool dance track.  Sung only by Hoon, Keseop, Eli, and Jun, the tune is pretty catchy and I could easily make this a favorite.  Also, Jun has a solid deep voice on him wows!

10. One Call Away

Which leaves Kevin and Soohyun with the other track and unsurprisingly it’s another ballad (when will these two do an upbeat track together?).  It’s a simple sounding ballad with some bass and piano together.  Sadly, the song just doesn’t do anything for me in the long run as it’s pretty basic (though Kevin’s high note was a surprise).

11. Mou Ichido

Another ballad?  Yup, Mou Ichido comes next and it’s just “One Call Away” with some strings and some R&B elements thrown on top.  Though I’m not surprised that Soohyun is leading the track though which is a bit meh as we just had a lot of his voice in the previous track.  Actually, I have a feeling it’s only him singing which is bringing my interest even further down.

12. You are the reason ~Ending~

Seems like the ending track is at full length at 3:32.  It mentions the black hole from the opening (thanks to a monologue from Eli).  Then comes the singing with some stronger percussion as well…at this point the slower songs seem to drag further and beyond Eli’s section, I wasn’t remember much of the rest of the tune.

13. U-KISS 2015 Associate Mix

But the album isn’t over yet!, the album actually ends with a medley of the songs from the album (which is at this point so unusual to hear).  Not exactly the best thing to include on CD only as it just reminds you of what you just heard not 5 seconds ago!

Tracks Recommended

  • Brave
  • FEEL IT
  • Head Up High
  • JACKPOT

Song of Avoidance

  • Mou Ichido

Released a day short of a year after their last album, “Memories”, Action marks as the first album with their new member Jun and I don’t know where I stand with it.  A definitely lighter trip than their last album for sure, but I don’t feel like there was much depth with this one.  A lot of ballads caused the album to kind of crash at the end of the album for sure.  There’s just not a lot to say about this one, not one of their better albums.